Dick Advocaat has expressed a desire to help Sunderland gain more control of the matches they play while he is in charge, according to quotes published on the club's official Twitter page.
Advocaat is set to lead his new side for the first time this weekend against West Ham United, and he wants them to gain a stronger foothold in the match than they have in most games throughout the season so far.
Under Gus Poyet there had been an erratic nature to Sunderland's performances, and Advocaat admits that one of his first jobs will be to ensure that this changes.
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Sunderland have taken a big risk by appointing Advocaat, and they will be hoping that the Dutchman has the required skill to make the changes that he has proposed.
The Black Cats are just one point above the relegation zone, and if he cannot improve the team then they look destined for the drop.
Sunderland lost 4-0 to Aston Villa in their most recent fixture and confidence is low at the Stadium of Light, so Advocaat will need to have an immediate impact on his new team.
If he can deliver them three points against West Ham this weekend, then it would lift the mood in camp, but a loss would be a huge set-back and could dent their chances of survival considerably.